The main area of concern is the inexperience of 11 boys, who have never played at this level. “It’s a whole different story dealing with the crowds at the Williamsport games,” said Dollin. “Everything becomes more magnified, and that’s hard on some kids.”
Christian Buckley, Colin Lomasney and Evan Mullen all played a year ago and are expected to contribute both on the mound and at the plate.
“We have pitching depth but no clear-cut ace,” said manager Adam Buckley. “All our pitchers were successful in putting the ball over the plate during the Little League season. Mullen or Lomasney will probably get the nod in the opening game (Tuesday against Pinehill in Revere at 5:45 p.m.).”
Mullen and Lomasney will handle the catching duties when not on the mound. Chmiel is strong up the middle with Buckley and Michael Johns either at shortstop or second base, both of whom are table setters and good contact hitters.
Mullen led the league in homers with eight and will be counted on to supply power; Lomasney and first baseman Connor Full are also legitimate threats to hit the ball out. There is good speed with Sullivan Marino, Joseph Zito and Spencer Weedon always threats on the basepaths.
Zito is a lefty hurler who mixes his pitches well. Ryan Lemole, Buckley, Johns, Zito, Dylan Guarino, Alex Vlachos, and Derek DeLisi all pitched during the regular season and will be called upon in relief. Buckley has good control and throws strikes, while Lemole will play third base and also come on in relief when needed.
“We will definitely not have a shortage of arms,” said Buckley. “If we can get consistent pitching and have other teams put the ball in play, our defense can keep us in games.”